Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
7,383 Ratings
Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,383 |  Reviews: 1,961
Photo of Wiffler27
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a thick head.

smell is very mild, light on hops and malt aroma to me.

taste is good, Dale's Pale Ale is a staple. nice malt and hop balance, clearly a pale ale rather than an IPA. smooth drinker, easy to put away.

i've had this dozens of times and is always good. nothing special but always solid.

 317 characters

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Orange/copper with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S--NIce piney, citrus scent. Little malt smell comes through.

T--A wonderful hop bite with enough support from the malt to keep things balanced. None of the much mentioned metallic taste...the advantage of drinking beer from the tap.

M--Refreshing and light with relatively low carbonation...maybe a little think for my liking

D--A lovely, easy to drink hop attack. I really like DPA and hope that those who have it before and was not happy with it give it another chance....hopefully on tap.

 571 characters

Photo of dougbassett
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #36 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I've recently been going through a "microbrew in cans" phase, and apparently Dan's Pale Ale is the grandfather of 'em all, the one that started the trend. It's a pretty good example of the style. Pours a bronzey brown that throws a fluffy, swiftly disappearing head. Typical American Pale Ale nose of biscuits and grapefruit peel, with maybe a hint of spice lurking somewhere in the background there, like the grapefruit peel had been pureed and mulled somewhere along the way. Very creamy, almost "chewy" mouthfeel, again I think typical of this sort of style. Hits you hard up front with an aggressive shot of grapefruit peel and spice (maybe a little grapefruit juice, actually), with a bitter lasting finish at the end.

Quite nice. This is a style that it's easy to get mediocre with, there's a lot of "okay" American Pale Ales out there. While I wouldn't call this a timeless classic or anything, this is certainly better than "okay".

 1,036 characters

Photo of andreasmwatt
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4






 405 characters

Photo of seetrider
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this last night at Little Big Burger in Portland, OR. I was surprised to find that it was a very good beer, especially for beer in a can. It's hoppy, but not bitter at all, and has a sweet finish- all in all it's a very well balanced beer and is very drinkable. At 6.5% abv it's got a nice kick and would be a great session beer, considering the can.

 363 characters

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can of this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thick off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is very malty, caramel, citrus, floral, flowery sweet hops, maybe a bit old, hops are pretty subdued, smells like a hoppy brown ale. Taste is similar, super malty, caramel, grains, citrus, flowery hops, very assertive bitterness, nice and grassy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very thick flavour, easy to drink, don't taste the 6.5% at all. Nicely done!

 552 characters

Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

 862 characters

Photo of hmf05
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/gold with a rocky three finger head.

S- Smells like hops wrapped in caramel.

T- Nice fresh, clean hops. I don't get grapefruit, but i get other citrus like orange and lemon. There is a sweet and creamy caramel presence that keeps the brew balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. There is a slightly dry aftertatse.

O- An extremely sessionable pale ale. Not quite as intense as an ipa, but it is a stand out for the style. If I were offered this or Sierra Nevada, I would demand a Dale's Pale Ale!

 539 characters

Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale by Oskar Blue’s has 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs making it a sort of 65 Minute Pale Ale.

Look-It pours a mild haze wrapped in amber orange blossom honey with flecks of gold in the right light. The head is bready and frothy.

Smell-It smells of citrus orange and orange peel zest with plenty of hops, but tampered with some rich malts.

Taste-The flavor is bursting with orange and citrus and ample bitter hops rich in piney resin and hoppy goodness. The malts come through as a caramel and honey type flavor. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a great go-to beer and I’ll definitely try it again!

 602 characters

Photo of Travlr
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Clear amber with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of black pepper and lemon. Flavor is a very nice balance between the subtle hoppy bitterness and the malt. Not over the tops as some American IPAs are. Nicely done.

 271 characters

Photo of paytoplay
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel and drinkability are what sets this beer apart. Made me very impressed with this brew. On Tap at Hamiltons in SD CA. Nice smooth texture, has a weight to it. Smooth balanced finish. Very easy to drink. Minerals, and more malt than hop. Slightly hoppy nose. Subtle complexity. Really to eash to drink. I hope this texture carries thru to the canned version. I'll be seeking it out for sure now.

 403 characters

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Spirit Haus pint glass, the result is a clear coppery-amber body with a 1.5-finger antique white head on top. Lots of bubbles rise up to refortify the head, which remains present the entire way down the glass at about 1/4-inch. Lots of clumps of foamy lacing stick to the glass all the way down. Nice presentation.

S: Pop the can and it's a big nose of oily grapefruity hops right away. After the pour the impression remains: juicy citrus fruit in general, but with a hint of malt sweetness underneath. It smells bigger than an APA -- almost like a DIPA at first, but as it warms, the nose softens a bit.

T: Like you'd expect from the nose: oily sweetness at first blush, which is followed in the middle of the taste by the juicy citrus flavors -- grapefruit and sweet oranges predominantly. It finishes with a hint of pine sap, and the aftertaste lingers with a dry, minerally at times lemony bitter coating. It leaves a real substantial coating on the mouth with what seems like a minerally or slightly metallic dry but bitter taste. A glass of water would help to "reboot" the taste buds after that assault.

M: Given the oily and juicy tastes and smells, it finishes surprsingly dry. Also has a decent fizzy feel to it from the carbonation. I thought it was light-to-medium in body.

D: Good. This went down fast, and that lingering bitter aftertaste really encouraged the next sip.

Notes: I think this is pretty darned close to IPA territory, and like I said, the nose at first blush even seems strong enough to remind me of a DIPA. Great beer in a can. Check it out.

 1,615 characters

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at Taco Mac. A rich golden slightly orange color.
With a one and half inch head creamy tan color. Small bubbles that continue for a while. Good carbonation! nice even lacing all the way down the entire glass. Swell of rich caramel and oily pine.
Mouthfeel was full body and creamy. The midpalate had some tropical friut tones and rich caramel. The finish had more hops showing thru with nice grapefruit and oily pine taste. The only difference I noticed having it on draft than in the can was the oily pine flavor stood out more!

 550 characters

Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sticky lace from a solid tight head. Glass is a slightly hazy gold amber.

Smell: Candy sweet malt almost overwhelms the grassy, grapefruit hops.

Taste: Hops are a bit tea like, but full and tasty. A firm bitter and a full malt body meet to form a balanced package.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium body, oily finish.

Overall: A great beer, love the flavor, love the lower alcohol higher volume punch it gives, almost a XPA.

 457 characters

Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a pleasant dark auburn which is just clear enough to see through. The head immediately bubbles up to about a finger high, leaving sticky lacing all over the pint glass.

S - Plenty of pine hops, along with a little malt base that remains in the background enough to allow the hops to shine through.

T - Another bold flavor from OB which easily blows away many other pale ales. The citrus and pine hops explode everywhere, while the malt sweetness slowly peeks through towards the end. This really combines nicely with the beer's natural dry finish but fades away eventually.

M - Smooth, yet very carbonated, along with a noticeably potent bitterness which can leave your palate a little dry for this style.

D - This is almost dangerously quaffable, as the pumped up ABV (for american pale ales at least) can sneak up pretty quick. It's somewhat difficult to only have one after polishing off a frosty pint of this guy.

Awesome stuff from OB here - DPA is almost a pale ale in name only in certain respects, as the huge flavor and almost overdose of hops create a pretty unique brew. Once again, it's tough to miss with OB.

 1,176 characters

Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy orange color with a light tan creamy medium to small head that dissapates fast but leaves thick enveloping lace. After good aggitation of the the second pour, the head is medium sized and stays very well.

The aroma is hoppy at first with fresh grapefruit and orange citrus and very floral, but that fades into big caramel malty wofts, giving the hops a big hug. Aaahh....

The flavor is blanced with more maltiness up front then fades to hops in the end. And leaves a soft bitterness lingering. No alcohol, which is always a plus.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and smooth.

This I could drink all night, almost a session beer, but a little too high in alcohol, which is not a bad thing. Nevertheless, very drinkable.

 746 characters

Photo of jnorris404
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrianQuinn
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaben
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ohh man goot olde dale's pale.. I recently just had this stuff bout a week ago. My friends store just got all there type of beers shipped in and was draw too the can and 9 dollars a six pack price.

Overall a great beer... I was usualy drinking this out of the can but I got to pour one into a cup, and man was it looking good. Id say it looks bout the same as a dogfishhead 90 min.

The smell was alot smiliar to the dogfish , but didnt burn ur nose with the overall hoppy smell.

Now the taste is were its at, Id say by far probably one of my more favorite pale ale's out there if not the one. Very hoppy and very goot smooth taste.

Drinkability is pretty standerd ,, You just got to think of money first though, so a six pack is always good for the taste.

Had a blast with this stuff , so feel free so pick some up if your feeling goot!

 851 characters

Photo of dankster
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance is deep amber color with about one finger of white head.

Smell is very bready with a wallop of hops on the nose.

Taste is awesome for something out of a can, very big hop aftertaste with good notes of malt on the front.

A little soapy mouthfeel is the one downfall to this beer.

overall a great beer to take on a hike or camping. I love what oskar blues is doing by making great beer portable!

 450 characters

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large 'Stovepipe' can with the classic blue, red and silver artwork. A fantastic looking design with everything we want in beer artwo to yet something you could still see your grandfather drinking straight from the can. I poured this gem into a nonic style pint glass. I must say the 'stovepipe' is my favorite way to buy Dale's pale ale from now on. Perfect!

A - copper color with an light amberish hue. Bright white head poured with some size and sat nice n plump atop my glass. It subsides to a fairly nice blanket of the same color with good stick.

S - fantastic pale ale aroma. Bright citrus and pine resin from the hop bill. Sweet breadiness to the malt with some subtle notes of hop spice.

T - not quite as balanced as the nose as the hops do the pushing with Dale's. Citrus notes fade quickly to a big jolt of pine resin and a mild hop spice. The sweet bread malt does lay enough backbone to allow one to really sit down and enjoy this pale ale. A one after one setting if you would like. As much as the hops throw themselves forward they nearly vanish in a very crisp, clean finish.

M - this is where the class of breweries are separated for me. Even pale ales should have some thickness and texture to them which Dale's definitely does. No matter the abv in ales the best breweries provide great texture and a thick mouth coating experience. Oskar Blues does this perfectly for this style. Flavorful and enjoyable

O - Dale's Pale Ale is one of the many many great classic craft beers and is still going strong today. This little gem has always been the foundation of who Oskar Blues as a brewery is and remain to this very day. Easy to find and always with a fresh date. This is one I find myself drifting to more and more seems like and rightfully so. It's a great beer and highly enjoyable.

 1,809 characters

Photo of DrJones
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of usmittymc
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler glass.

A: Liquid amber pours from the can and generates a dense, frothy, off-white head.

S: Citrus. Hops. That's it and it's great.

T: Bitter, citrusy hop flavors (grapefruit, apple dominate) are neatly backed by a faint malt sweetness that disappears as quickly as it reveals itself. Very, very nice.

M: Excellent carbonation. Smooth on the palate. almost creamy.

D: I have and will in the future consume copious amounts of this brew in a session. Very sessionable, very flavorful. Excellent brew.

 536 characters

Photo of Doublicious
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Particulate-choked pumpkin with butternut edges. The initially zesty carbonation settled down within minutes, having created a lovely looking head of pastel orange that looks to be chock full of hop oils. It's melting impossibly slowly and is leaving a nearly completely covered glass in its wake. A truly first-class look.

The nose is absolutely loaded with at least one, and probably a few, of the 4-Cs. Oskar Blues will only admit to 'four kinds of American hops', but there's no doubt that grapefruit peel and oranges are on parade. More specifically, brown sugary, pine sap-dipped, candied grapefruit and orange zest chunks. Many IPAs would be proud to have a nose this hopaliciously good.

Dale's Pale Ale isn't quite as stunning on the palate. I can't say that I've had another beer from a can that tasted as much like the can as this one does. I'm sure these things are lined in this day and age, but there's a definite metallic quality to the flavor that isn't sitting well with me. Thankfully, the metal fades quickly and is all but gone by the third mouthful. In its place is a firmly hoppy pale ale that isn't as brilliant as the nose implied. It's no slouch, but I'm not tempted to reach for any words more complimentary than 'good'.

This is definitely a well-malted APA. There's too much caramel for my tastes, but at least the brewers have seen fit to balance it (some would say overbalance it) with a boatload of hops. Dale's is a larger-than-life pale ale, one of the biggest I've had, but it still doesn't knock Alpha King from its perch. The abundant ingredients result in a long, lingering finish that highlights the clinging resinousness of the hops.

As already alluded to, the mouthfeel is medium-full in general and bursting at the seams for the style. Rarely do pale ales achieve this degree of viscous chewability and mouthcoating stickiness. Carbonation works behind the scenes to lighten things a little and very nearly fails in the attempt.

Before popping the tab, I wondered whether Dale's Pale Ale would supplant my favorite canned beer of all-time, Caldera Pale. Caldera's version is my clear favorite, although from what I remember, the scores are similar. This is an excellent choice (when glass is verboten) for those hopheads lucky enough to have access.

 2,293 characters

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,383 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.